August 2001 News

Jammu under threat: IGP

31 August 2001
The Statesman

Jammu: Pakistan-backed ultras who have suffered heavy casualties in the ongoing proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir, have increasingly been trying to target Jammu and create a communal backlash in the region. Stating this, the inspector general of police, Jammu zone, Mr Radhavinod Raju, said Pakistan is trying to push in ultras both from the Line of Control and the International Border which makes Jammu quite vulnerable. Jammu is definitely under threat and the people have to be prepared to fight back, he said. Mr Raju told The Statesman today, that the frustrated militants who have suffered heavy casualties in the post-Agra summit period, are bent on creating disturbance in Jammu region. Besides targeting minorities living in the higher reaches of the region, they also want to create communal disturbances and thus divert the attention of security forces. “We know their gameplan and are fully prepared to thwart their designs,” said Mr Raju, adding that though they have a three-tier security set up at the International Border, there are gaps on the border which they are trying to fill in with the help of the Village Defence Committees (VDC). “People must understand that every inch of the border cannot be plugged but we are always prepared to face the threat. Sometimes we do succeed, sometimes we don’t and when we don’t, they get in.” he said. Regarding security measures taken by the J&K police to protect the lives of shepherds the IGP said they have already set up Dhok Defence Committees (DDC) which are in action.


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